Whether fans like him, or loathe him, we should all be in agreement over Steve Bruce’s stance over Andy Carroll, if reports in the Daily Telegraph are to be believed.
The Daily Mirror claimed over the weekend that Carroll was set to be handed a shock lifeline by Newcastle, with the club wanting to swoop for the free agent – if he can prove his fitness.
Although the Mirror’s article claimed that Bruce is monitoring the striker’s recovery from surgery, the report in the Telegraph contradicts those comments.
It suggested the newly appointed head coach is at loggerheads with the club over a move for the player, born and bred in Gateshead.
It could be an early test of Bruce’s protestations that he will have final say on Newcastle’s transfer business, something many fans had assumed not to be the case.
Bruce is right to not be interested in Carroll. A move for their former player would be a backwards step, and given his age, injury record, and lack of goals, would be one that makes very little sense in both footballing and financial terms.
Mike Ashley may misguidedly see Andy Carroll as good business sense
If Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley see a move for a player – who was idolised by fans during his initial spell – would win fans over, they are even more detached from supporters’ wants and needs than previously thought.
It may be that Ashley sees re-signing a player for free who he sold for an eye-watering £35 million a few years ago, would represent a business masterclass, but he would be mistaken.
To be frank, it is hard to imagine the club wanting to bring in a 30-year-old – whether for a fee or not – given their policy of signing young players with a sell-on value.
The phrase ‘never go back’ is often used, and in this case, fans will hope the club and player think along those same lines this time.